Mars Merkaba Thedford Bio, Parents, Net Worth

Who is Mars Merkaba Thedford?

Mars Merkaba Thedford is a well-known American celebrity child. Born on February 1, 2009, Mars Merkaba Thedford is the daughter of former celebrity couple Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica. Mars Merkaba Thedord’s mother, Erykah Badu, is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, and her father, Jay Electronica, is a rapper and record producer. 

Mars Merkaba Thedford Biography
Mars Merkaba Thedford Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameMars Merkaba Thedford
BirthdayFebruary 1, 2009
Sun signAquarius
Age 14 years old
TraitsPositive- Frank, creative, and practical
Negative- Jealous, argumentative, and secretive
BirthplaceUnited States of America
ReligionNot Available
Height4 feet 11 inches (still growing)
ParentsElpadaro F. Electronica Allah AKA Jay Electronica (father)
Erica Abi Wright AKA Erykah Badu (mother)
SiblingsSeven Sirius Benjamin (Half-brother)
Puma Sabti Curry (Half-sister)
Net worthUnder review

Interesting Facts

  1. Mars Merkaba Thedford is the daughter of singer/ songwriter Erykah Badu and rapper Jay Electronica. 
  2. Her mother, Erykah Badu, is regarded as “the first lady of neo-soul” and “the queen of neo-soul.” 
  3. Mars has two half-siblings. Their names are Puma Sabti Curry and Seven Sirius Benjamin. 
  4. Mars Merkaba is homeschooled. 
  5. Her Father was born as Timothy Elpadaro Thedford but later adopted the name Elpadaro F. Electronica Allah and became a registered member of the Nation of Islam at 20 years.
  6. Like her singer mother and rapper father, Mars Merkaba is musically inclined and is quite a talented singer. 


Born on February 1, 2009, with a silver spoon in her mouth, Mars Merkaba Thedford has enjoyed a childhood that most can only dream of. Mars is the only daughter of renowned celebrities Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica. 

Erykah Badu (mother)

Her mother, Erykah Badu, born Erica Abi Wright, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Hailed as the “Queen of Neo-Soul,” Erykah Badu has released albums including Baduizm, Live, Mama’s Gun, Worldwide Underground, New Amerykah Part One, and New Amerykah Part Two.

Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu

In 1998, Erykah Badu won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Similarly, she has acted in many TV shows and movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, Say My Name, and House of D. 

Jay Electronica (father)

Mars Merkaba’s father is the well-known rapper and record producer Jay Electronica. Jay Electronica released his debut mixtape, Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), in 2007. 

Jay Electronica
Jay Electronica

Considered as one of the greatest lyricists of his time, Jay Electronica got signed to Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation, in 2010. The rapper has released two studio albums, including  A Written Testimony and Act II: The Patents of Nobility (The Turn). 

Jay Electronica and Erica Badu’s relationship

Jay Electronica and Erica Badu dated each other for five years. In September 2008, news about Erykah Badu’s pregnancy started doing the rounds after the Grammy Award-winning singer performed at the Austin City Limits festival and wore a figure-hugging smiley-face tee that clearly showed off her growing baby bump. 

As the couple anticipated the arrival of their little one, Jay Electronica documented Erykah’s entire delivery process on Twitter. The rapper updated fans in real-time about Erykah’s contractions. 

Likewise, he informed fans that their midwife was running a little late. Soon after, Jay announced that Erykah’s water had broken, and 20 minutes later, he announced the arrival of their daughter, Mars Merkaba Thedford. 

Jay Electronica and Erica Badu with their daughter, Mars
Jay Electronica and Erica Badu with their daughter, Mars.

Even though Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica are no longer together, the former couple continues to be on friendly terms and tries their best to be great co-parents to their daughter, Mars. In an interview, Erykah Badu dished on what it is like to raise kids in the world of entertainment. 

She said,

“We are a whole different generation than the generation [of entertainers] that left their children behind….We use our money to continue our lifestyle and to make sure our children are with us.”

Mars Merkaba Thedford Siblings

Mars Merkaba Thedford is the only child of Jay electronica and Erykah Badu. However, she has two half-siblings from her mother’s previous relationships. 

Erykah Badu, who dated André 3000 of OutKast in 1995, had her first child with the rapper on November 18, 1997. Their son Seven Sirius Benjamin leads a private life away from the media spotlight. 

Mars Merkaba’s half-sister Puma Sabti Curry was born on July 5, 2004. Erykah Badu shares Puma with Texas-based rapper The D.O.C.

Puma is an up-and-coming model. She appeared alongside her famous mother in a 2017 photoshoot for Vogue Mexico. 

Mars Merkaba Thedford with her half-siblings
Mars Merkaba Thedford with her half-siblings

Educational Background

While most parents prefer to send their children to school for their education, Erykah Badu has quite an unconventional approach to this matter. The “Bag Lady” singer once revealed on social media that all her children, including Mars Merkaba, are homeschooled. 

Likewise, she said in a 2009 interview with People magazine,

“All my children have been thru Badu school. They know the drill. The whole family gotta get involved.”

She added,

“I’ll handle the Physics, Math, Lit, Sociology, Health science, Astronomy, Astrology, Meditation, Religion, Economics, Art appreciation, Film making, Quantum Science, Molecular Physics… etc… ”

She also mentioned that Jay Electronica teaches world/ planetary history and geography.

Moreover, Badu talked about how her daughter Mars is being homeschooled and shared that her family helps little Mars “see the world through her own lens.” The Queen of Neo-Soul emphasized that she wants Mars to become her own person and that “she doesn’t need to become a mini Erykah or mini Jay.”

Erykah Badu with her daughters, Puma and Mars
Erykah Badu with her daughters, Puma and Mars


When it comes to controversies, even though Mars Merkaba Thedford herself has not been the subject of any scandal, her parents, Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica, became entangled in controversy in July 2018. 

Jay Electronica shared a video with his baby mamma, Erykah Badu, as the former couple drove around town listening to Drake’s “Feel No Ways.” The rapper captured himself lip-syncing to the track and also panned the camera towards Badu at times. 

However, Badu seemed to be unimpressed by Jay’s antics. When the Grammy Awards-nominated rapper shared the video on his Instagram, Badu commented,

“Take this down. I have had a restraining order on this man. @jayelectronica and I are not even supposed to be in the same place.” 

Badu’s comment came as a shock to fans, and they couldn’t believe that the relationship between the once madly in love couple had become so bitter at a point that Badu had to file a restraining order against Jay. 

Jay Electronica responded to Erica Badu’s comment and wrote, “Don’t make me come back out there.” Despite their awkward exchange, fans believed that the couple had let bygones be bygones and were on much better terms with each other. 

However, just a year later, Jay Electronica made controversial statements about Erykah Badu during an Instagram live with his former partner. The rapper said,

If Erykah been flirting with any of you n*ggas in your DM, it’s all coming to a cease today.”

Likewise, he added,

“Erykah belongs to me. She’s my daughter… Fix your face don’t play with me on this Instagram with these people. She’s my first daughter, she’s my wife, she’s my baby mama, she’s my spiritual healer, and she’s my porn star. So all you n*ggas in this DM, get the f*ck out the DMs or you gonna have to deal with me.”

Many of their fans attending the Instagram live expressed their displeasure about Jay Electronica’s possessive nature. However, Erykah quickly gave Electronica a befitting reply and said,

“I just called you ’bout some child support.”

Mars Merkaba Thedford Net Worth

Since Mars Merkaba Thedford is just 14 years old, she is yet to start a career of her own and make a living. However, being a celebrity child comes with its perks. The beautiful daughter of Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica has been leading a lavish lifestyle thanks to her famous parents. 

Her mother, Erykah Badu, has an astounding net worth of approximately $10 million. Similarly, her father, Jay Electronica, boasts as much of an impressive net worth of $8 million. 

Social Media

Many Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica fans seem to be curious to know more about their daughter, Mars Merkaba Thedford. However, while social media seems to be the best source to know about celebrities’ hot and happening lives and their equally famous kids, Mars Merkaba has chosen to stay away from social media. 

Fortunately, her mother, Erykah Badu, often updates ardent fans about her youngest daughter’s whereabouts.

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